The Global Theme Park Industry:
By S Anton Clavé, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Since the 1980s, the theme park industry has developed into a global phenomenon, with everything from large, worldwide theme parks to countless smaller ventures. From the first pleasure gardens to the global theme park companies, this book provides an understanding of the nature and function of theme parks as spaces of entertainment. Illustrated throughout by worldwide case studies, empirical data and practical examples, the book portrays the impacts of theme parks as global competitive actors, agents of global development and cultural symbols, particularly in the context of their role in the developing experience economy.In conclusion, this book is a practical guide to the planning and development of theme parks.
Students in leisure and tourism management, and practitioners in the industry.
I. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEME PARKSThe social origins of the theme park conceptCase 1. Searching the origin of amusement parks at Bakken, DenmarkCase 2. The New World in Singapore, an early XXth century amusement park in AsiaDevelopment and categorisationCase 3. Efteling, the best childhood memories for everyoneCase 4. Huis ten Bosch, a replica of the Dutch world in JapanCase 5. Cedar Fair, the roller coaster capital of the worldGlobalization of the theme park industryCase 6. The recent growth of the theme park industry in BrazilA profile of major theme park operatorsCase 7. The family-run Europa ParkCase 8. A chocolate-related entertainment destination in Hersey, PennsylvaniaCase 9. Suncity, entertainment and property development in MalaysiaII. THEME PARKS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETYTheme parks and the commercialisation of leisureCase 10. The ecohistorical parks of Grupo XcaretCase 11. The globalisation of leisure and the Sesame Street charactersThe urbanism of theme parks and spatial innovationCase 12. The creation of a leisure destination in DubaiThe impact of theme parksCase 13. Environmental protection measures in the redevelopment of Ocean ParkCase 14. The Grand Parc du Puy du Fou and the valorisation of the local heritageCase 15. The enhancement of the urban landscape at International Drive, OrlandoThe development of theme park destinationsCase 16. The transformation of PortAventura into a tourist destinationIII. FUNDAMENTALS OF THEME PARK DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENTFactors influencing the development processCase 17. Effects on attendance of the addition of a new gate in a multipark destinationBasic principles of theme park planningCase 18. Access for the disabled at Disneyland ParisThe architectonical design of a theme parkCase 19. A flow management model to optimise retail profits at Universal Studios HollywoodManagement strategiesCase 20. The safety of the attractions at Six Flags parksCase 21. The International Attractions and Amusement Parks Association
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